Jeremiah Davis stole the headline with a commitment to Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday, but there was more college football action playing out at Lufkin's practice facility.

Senior safety Savon Fields picked up his first NCAA Division I scholarship opportunity from Abilene Christian University. He announced the news through his personal Twitter account, and Division II competitor Arkansas-Monticello now has its first opponent in the recruiting battle for the defensive back standout.

Fields (5-6, 155) was part of a 2016 Lufkin defensive unit that played a wide variety of offensive styles both within East Texas and the Greater Houston Area as a member of the Houston-centric District 11-6A. The unit held its own with an average of 35.5 points given up per game, especially considering the time it spent on the field complimenting a Lufkin offense that averaged 43.9 points per game.

Lufkin managed a bi-district playoff appearance at the Class 6A Division II level and a 7-4 final record. All of its losses came against teams that ultimately made it two or more rounds in the postseason, including a squad that advanced all the way to the 6A Division II state championship game in district foe The Woodlands.

Abilene Christian, entering its fifth season at the FCS level after promotion from Division II, has built a solid relationship with East Texans.

Pleasant Grove tight end Jackson Pace signed with the program in the last cycle. Pleasant Grove linebacker Xavier Benson and Marshall left tackle Kameron King preceded Fields on the Wildcats program's 2018 big board.

Abilene Christian went 2-9 a season ago in what turned out to be Ken Collums’ final season.

Adam Dorrell took control of the Wildcats program about a week after winning a second consecutive Division II national championship with Northwest Missouri State. He posted a 78-6 overall record in Missouri through six seasons and won a third national championship in 2013.

Fields, like all college football prospects with Division I offers and entering their senior year of high school, will first become eligible to sign with any Division I program that offers him in December.

The Division II signing day will be in February.

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